Low-Paid Workers

Oral Answers to Questions — Employment and Productivity – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4 December 1969.

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Photo of Mr Tam Dalyell Mr Tam Dalyell , West Lothian 12:00, 4 December 1969

asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity what she is doing to identify those groups who are low-paid.

Photo of Mrs Barbara Castle Mrs Barbara Castle , Blackburn

My Department's new earnings survey has yielded a wide range of information about the incidence of low pay in the economy.

Photo of Mr Tam Dalyell Mr Tam Dalyell , West Lothian

Will the results be taken into account in any White Paper?

Photo of Mrs Barbara Castle Mrs Barbara Castle , Blackburn

Yes. The results of the survey have of course been published in the D.E.P. Gazette each month from May to October of this year. There was a special article in the October issue dealing with some of the causes of low pay. I have had these findings very much in mind in evolving a policy for the low-paid in the next stages of the prices and incomes policy as my hon. Friend will see when a White Paper is published.

Photo of Sir Brandon Rhys Williams Sir Brandon Rhys Williams , Kensington South

Is the right hon. Lady studying the possibility of helping the low-paid workers through the tax system?

Photo of Mrs Barbara Castle Mrs Barbara Castle , Blackburn

The hon. Gentleman knows that that is not a matter for me.